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The Administration topic on PoliceOne covers everything from clerical behind-the-scenes tasks to departmental changes in policy. We offer strategies and tactics that have helped Chiefs and Sheriffs in agencies of any size to secure grants, assure that their trainers are top-notch, and recruit the best young officers to join their ranks.
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March 22, 2011

Starting your Agency's K-9 Unit

John Bennett's department started a K-9 unit in 1994. They got it started using a generous donation from a local Moose Lodge. Over the next year, they fully paid for and started a unit.
March 08, 2011

3 questions to help assign blame

Asking the right questions will assist in determining who is utterly at fault. Whether it’s the administration, the officer, or anybody else, we’re always trying to fix blame. There are three key questions that should always be asked when assessing a situation and determining who is at fault. P1 Columnist Gary Kluugiewicz explains them in the video tip below.
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January 18, 2011

How to become a police officer

It's a rigorous process and you must have a lot of patience. It may take anywhere from three months to a year from the time you apply, but if you put your mind to it, you'll make it happen.
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December 13, 2010

Tim Goergen: Building a Positive Organization

Dave Smith sits down with Street Survival Instructor, Chief Tim Goergen, to discuss effective ways to facilitate organizational change. He explains the importance of coming up with a plan and taking into consideration all parts of the organization that will be affected by a new policy or piece of equipment. If you want to help your agency come up with innovative ways to make positive changes, the first step is to create a plan with a list of action items.
May 17, 2010

Chief Tim Goergen: Building a Police Organization with a Mentoring Approach

Dave Smith talks with Police Chief Tim Goergen about the tough task of replacing a police Chief in the instance that something may happen to the Chief or the Chief may retire. He discusses how to come up with a transition plan and the best way to mentor and train the incoming Chief. It is essential to look at this with a mentoring mentality in order to continue to build a strong organization.
April 26, 2010

Dealing with Pregnancy in a Law Enforcement Setting

Betsy Brantner-Smith touches on a sensitive subject that affects many female cops around the world. It is important to make sure your agency not only has a maternity policy but also a pregnancy policy in place. Light duty is often an option for pregnant police officers but it is crucial to know and understand how your agency operates. Betsy gives advice on how to deal with these issues.
September 21, 2009

TASER's New Evidence Management Platform

TASER presents Evidence.com - an evidence management platform. In this PoliceOneTV video, Betsy Brantner-Smith finds out how TASER is staying on the cutting edge of technology. TASER's Evidence.com is enabling communication within the agency as well as across agencies. Officers and agencies can now access evidence and information all in one secure place. This program empowers the agency by allowing them to configure Evidence.com with specific requirements for their company.
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July 06, 2009

Kathy Vonk: Structuring Your Academy Program

Many police academies fail to have adequate structure in their day-to-day routine. Kathy Vonk, police officer and Lead Fitness Instructor at Washtenaw Community College Police Academy, talks about how structure is the key to a successful academy. She discusses how rigidity gives cadets a better sense of their regular responibilites that they can take away with them after graduation and into the field.

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About Kathleen Vonk:

Kathleen Vonk has been a certified police officer in the state of Michigan since 1988. She is an adjunct instructor for Team One Network teaching officer survival skills courses, and has taught survival and pistol courses for Heckler & Koch International Training Division (H&K). She is a certified firearms instructor, H&K Pistol Instructor, RedMan Simulation Training Instructor, Simunition Supervisor, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist(CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Health Promotion Director by the Cooper Institute, and is an FTO for her agency. She is a former NCAA Division I and II athlete in the sports of volleyball and softball. Learn more at loukatactical.com.




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